The past decade has seen an evolution of the superhero movie. What was once just campy fare has transformed into movies with good story lines and complicated protagonist. With the formation of Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been spoiled with a variety of movies that are all both entertaining and sometimes thought provoking. Movies like The Avengers and Iron Man were blockbusters while Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman lore had been praised by critics and audiences for bringing a new take on the genre. Heath Ledger even won an Oscar for his portrayal of The Joker in The Dark Knight. But this does not mean that there are no naysayers or haters of the genre, in fact, there are a lot of those. Mel Gibson seems to have joined that very large group of haters.
Mel Gibson rose to fame in the 80’s and 90’s with movies like Mad Max, Lethal Weapon. He has also directed a critically acclaimed award winning films such as Braveheart and The Passion Of The Christ. He recently made his thoughts known about what he thinks superhero movies are to him while promoting “Hacksaw Ridge.” When talking to Entertainment Weekly at the Venice Film Festival , Gibson made it very clear that he was not a fan,especially of Batman V Superman:
“It’s a piece of s–t. I’m not interested in the stuff. Do you know what the difference between real superheroes and comic book superheroes is? Real superheroes didn’t wear spandex. So I don’t know. Spandex must cost a lot.”
Gibson also questioned why such large amounts of money was being poured into financing such movies while he made his movie “Hacksaw Ridge”on such a tight budget:
“I look at them and scratch my head. I’m really baffled by it. I think there’s a lot of waste, but maybe if I did one of those things with the green screens I’d find out different. It seems to me that you could do it for less… You’re spending outrageous amounts of money, $180 million or more, I don’t know how you make it back after the tax man gets you, and after you give half to the exhibitors.”